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Rising Phoenix Repertory Releases Second Issue of Theatre Literary Magazine, Caffe Cino

Rising Phoenix Repertory Releases Second Issue of Theatre Literary Magazine, Caffe Cino

Rising Phoenix Repertory is pleased to announce the publication of the second issue of its theater literary magazine Caffe Cino, edited by Steve McMahon and Daniel Talbott. Inspired by Joe Cino and his original Caffe Cino in New York City's Greenwich Village, Talbott and McMahon invited a group of theater artists to contribute essays, interviews, and previously unpublished plays.

The issue includes interviews with original Caffe Cino theater artists Robert Patrick and Marshall W. Mason, plus new plays by Lucy Thurber (Transfers, The Hill Town Plays), Jessica Dickey (The Convent, Amish Project), Philip Dawkins (Charm), and more. The book was designed by Alan Davison and features artwork by Helen McMillan.

The book-length magazine is published as a limited edition, and the first issue of Caffe Cino sold out completely. Copies of the second issue of the magazine can be purchased online now at, as well as at independent bookstores in New York and Los Angeles. A third issue is planned for 2019.

The full list of contributors follows:

Interviews: Robert Patrick, Marshall W. Mason (interviewed by Erma Duricko)

Essays: Shira-Lee Shalit, Jan Johnson Drantell, Seth Numrich, Kristen Palmer,

Sam Soule, and Julie Kline

Plays: The Locus by Lucy Thurber, Scattered Thoughts As I Prepare A Eulogy on the Occasion of the Tragic Death of the Royal Children by Holly Arsenault, Summer Lightning by Michael Smith, Custodians by Ken Urban, Rebel With(out) A Cause by David Zheng, Jack and Jill by Adam Szymkowicz, Is This Okay? by Gina Femia, From Funny by Philip Dawkins, Killing Play by Dave Anzuelo, and Joe Cino and the Electrician by Jessica Dickey

Steve McMahon is a US-based Scottish actor and playwright, whose plays have been produced across the US and UK. He previously published four theatre books with The Dionysian and is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep.

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award, Caffe Cino Fellowship, and New York Innovative Theatre Award, Rising Phoenix Repertory was founded in 1999 by Artistic Director Daniel Talbott, and produces primarily new plays - both in the Indie Theatre and Off-Broadway - in traditional spaces and site-specifically around New York City and regionally. Upcoming productions include Sunshine Evolution by Lucy Thurber (San Francisco in 2020). Recent productions include The Convent (produced with Weathervane and Rattlestick), Thieves (with Weathervane), A Fable (with piece by piece productions and Rattlestick), the Lucille Lortel Award-winning Off-Broadway run of All the Rage (with piece by piece and The Barrow Group), 3C (with piece by piece and Rattlestick), Elective Affinities (produced site-specifically with piece by piece and Soho Rep), Slipping (with piece by piece and Rattlestick), and Too Much Memory (with piece by piece), which transferred to the New York Theatre Workshop's Fourth Street Theatre after winning the FringeNYC award for Outstanding Play in 2008. Rising Phoenix Repertory produces an ongoing series called Cino Nights, inspired by Joe Cino and his Caffe Cino - one of the original birthplaces of Off-Off-Broadway theatre - for which the company has commissioned over twenty playwrights to write new, full-length plays, which are fully produced site-specifically on a shoestring budget. Two volumes of Cino Nights plays have been published by The New York Theatre Experience, and the company publishes an ongoing theater magazine called Caffe Cino (edited by Talbott and Steve McMahon), available in bookstores and online. Rising Phoenix Rep serves as a home base for a company of theatre professionals that encourages an open exchange of work and ideas within the greater theatre community.

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